The Internet today is full of opportunities to share information about yourself, but perhaps you would rather not share every moment of your life with the outside world. With many large organisations investing a lot of resources into knowing as much about you as possible, it can be surprising how much information you would consider private is actually held by other organisations, sometimes even publicly viewable.
When making a strategy for guarding the privacy of your information and activities, the first step is to discover what information has already been released. There are several tools we can use to conduct deep searches into the Internet to discover already exposed data. From there we have a variety of methods for taking control of that data and getting it taken down, or at least reduce the likelihood that it will be discovered by an adversarial entity.
Secondly we look at the different ways that you might still be leaking information and put a stop to it. This could mean changing which software you use to conduct certain tasks and switching the default settings for the services you use to make them collect and share less data about you.
For those who want the strongest possible assurance of privacy online we recommend changing to a Linux based Operating System and even changing the way you access the internet. Remember that the easiest way for an attacker to steal your data is still to gain physical access to the device you store it on, and encryption mitigates that threat entirely.